I have been wondering when RIM would finally give us the official release of the new BlackBerry Messenger. BBM 5.0 has been leaked out over the internet for a few months now and I have been using it to the max. I love the new BBM 5.0.
It looks like Kevin from CB has received an email saying that the official release of BBM 5.0 will come out on October 7th. Now RIM release dates can get pushed back very quickly, but I believe this one will actually happen. Does this mean the full version of OS 5.0 is surely on its way?
Here are the features of BBM 5.0 in case you don’t already use it.
Enhanced SMS -Allows for a conversational chat-like user experience with a single contact list for the most personal mobile-to-mobile communications
Note: BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and later is required for the SMS functionality.
Avatars - Users can choose a picture from the BlackBerry Smartphone gallery and save it as their personal avatar, which will be seen by their contacts. They can also view other avatars in the contact list and zoom in on the avatars of contacts participating in a conversation by selecting "View participants."
Large Media File Transfer - Users can send/receive large file transfers up to 6 megabytes for pictures, files and audio.
Note: BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 is required to receive large media files.
Enhanced Group Functionality - Allows for the ability to update, share & communicate with a subset community.
Bar-code Identity - A user can add a contact to the BlackBerry Messenger contact list by displaying a 2-dimensional bar code that invitees can capture with their device cameras.
Reliable Contact Backup and Restore - Contacts are backed-up on a server and do not require the need for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager.